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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Vanilla Cupcakes - Excellent Basic Recipe

I have made a LOT of cupcakes over the years, seriously a LOT.  I have come across recipes I've liked and others I use again and again, others that haven't been so great and even some packet mixes that are ok.  This recipe I only discovered this year and it just seems to work perfectly every time.  It is delicious, moist, easy and makes about 24-26 cupcakes.  You can decorate with anything - a good buttercream (recipe below!!), or as I have here with mini marshmallows, cut diagonally, dip in coloured sugar and set on a buttercream base.  Soooooo yummy.

 

Basic Vanilla Cupcake Recipe.

2 3/4 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
200g unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups caster sugar
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
 
  • Preheat your oven to 170oC.
  • Line your cupcake trays with papers.
  • Sift together the flour and baking powder.
  • Cream butter in your mixer (or labouriously by hand)
  • Add the sugar a third at a time, beating for 2 minutes after each addition until mix is light, fluffy and sugar almost dissolved.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating for a minute after each addition.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Add one third of flour mix to creamed mix and beat till combined.
  • Add half the milk
  • Repeat
  • Add last third of flour and beat till JUST combined.  Don't overbeat or your cakes will be tough.
  • Spoon mix into papers about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 18-20 mins or until bounces back at touch and lightly golden.
  • Remove from trays immediately and cool on a wire rack.
 

Buttercream Icing.

  • cream 100g unsalted butter for 2 minutes
  • Add 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 tablespoon vanilla and 4 cups of icing sugar
  • Beat for a few minutes until light and fluffy - add food colouring as desired.
  • (this recipe doubles perfectly if required)
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